John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 15, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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The New York Times bestseller from master biographer Evan Thomas brings to life the tumultuous story of the father of the American Navy.

John Paul Jones, at sea and in the heat of the battle, was the great American hero of the Age of Sail. He was to history what Patrick O’Brian’s Jack Aubrey and C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower are to fiction. Ruthless, indomitable, clever; he vowed to sail, as he put it, “in harm’s way.” Evan Thomas’s minute-by-minute re-creation of the bloodbath between Jones’s Bonhomme Richard and the British man-of-war Serapis off the coast of England on an autumn night in 1779 is as gripping a sea battle as can be found in any novel.

Drawing on Jones’s correspondence with some of the most significant figures of the American Revolution—John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson—Thomas’s biography teaches us that it took fighters as well as thinkers, men driven by dreams of personal glory as well as high-minded principle, to break free of the past and start a new world. Jones’s spirit was classically American.
 

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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

A perfectly serviceable popular biography of John Paul Jones, very useful as an introduction. Not outstanding, but completely acceptable, and Thomas does well to bust a few Jones myths that have sprung up over the years. Read full review

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User Review  - buffalogr - LibraryThing

The summary is correct: the description of Jones' engagement on USS Bonhomme Richard with HMS Serapis was indeed engaging. However, the minutiae of Jones' incessant, prigish, whining about his career ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter
30
Chapter Four
67
Chapter Five
87
Chapter
113
Chapter Seven
137
Chapter Eight
168
Chapter
199
Chapter Twelve
235
Chapter Thirteen
259
Chapter Fourteen
279
Chapter Fifteen
300
Acknowledgments
313
Bibliography
361
Photo Credits
383
Copyright

Chapter Eleven
215

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Evan Thomas is the author of The Very Best Men: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the C.I.A.; Robert Kennedy: His Life; The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1989; Sea of Thunder: The Last Great Naval Command, 1941-1945; and John Paul Jones. His most recent book is Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World.

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